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Walberg Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

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Washington, March 3, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07), a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, cosponsored another bipartisan bill in his ongoing commitment to combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) Act, introduced by Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV), removes a harmful provision from the Affordable Care Act that could offer payment incentives for doctors and hospitals to overprescribe opioid drugs.
 
“The scourge of prescription drug abuse is causing pervasive and devastating effects on families and communities in Michigan and across the country. The growing opioid epidemic requires our full attention and we need widespread commitment and collaboration to address it head on. Medical professionals play an important role in this fight, and the bipartisan PROP Act will help ensure safe prescribing practices without leading to unnecessary over prescription,” said Walberg.
 
Overuse of narcotic pain medicine is one of the leading causes of opioid addiction. A 2014 survey of 420 members of the American Medical Association found that 85% of those surveyed believe that prescription drugs are overused in clinical practice. Additionally, the number of prescriptions for opioids soared from 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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